Author Event: Gary Braver - "Rumor of Evil" in conversation with William Martin

Event date: 
11/02/2023 - 7:00pm

Gary Braver, author of mysteries and thrillers such as Elixir and Flashback, joins us to discuss his new novel, Rumor of Evil. Gary will be in conversation with William Martin, author of Back Bay and December '41

This is a free event, but we ask that you RSVP. You can do so online through the link below (no fees) or by calling us at 781-431-1160 during store hours (also no fees). Please also note that you must purchase your copy of the book from Wellesley Books in order to have the author sign it at the event.

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“Suspenseful and fast paced, with unexpected and shocking twists, this dark story is filled with flawed, all-too-human characters, tense family relationships, and a haunting conclusion. Highly recommended.” —Booklist

A 16-year-old exchange student accused of witchcraft—dark circumstances and sick rumors lead to her brutal death, a cover-up, and more murders two decades later

Detectives Kirk Lucian and Mandy Wing are charged with investigating a reported suicide of a Cambridge woman in her backyard. The death came as a shock—the woman was considered a pillar of her community and was well-liked by everyone. After further investigation, the hanging appears staged. Once Kirk and Mandy’s suspicions are confirmed, they make a list of suspects.

Clues begin to connect the recent murder to the decades-old mysterious death of a beautiful 16-year-old Romany exchange student who perished when a treehouse she was sleeping in caught fire. The girl, Vadima Lupescu, had done “odd” things among her American peers that stirred up prejudices and suspicions, leading to her brutal death—and cover-up.

As Kirk and Mandy investigate the bizarre rumors—that Vadima had “gypsy powers” and put curses on those around her—they discover a cauldron of dark secrets. Will they uncover the true cause of this tangled web of deaths and horrors before it spirals out of control?



Gary Braver is the best-selling and award-winning author of ten critically acclaimed mysteries and medical thrillers including Elixir, Gray Matter, Choose Me (cowritten with Tess Gerritsen), and Flashback, which is the first thriller to have won a prestigious Massachusetts Book Award. He has taught literature and fiction writing at Northeastern University, as well as at workshops and conferences around the world. Braver’s novels have been translated into 16 languages, and three have been optioned for movies, including Elixir by director Ridley Scott. Rumor of Evil is his latest novel. He lives with his family outside of Boston.



William Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, a PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult-classic horror movie, too. His first Peter Fallon novel, Back Bay, established him as "a master storyteller." He has been following the lives of the great and anonymous in American history ever since, taking readers from the Mayflower in Cape Cod to Ford's Theater in The Lincoln Letter to the South Tower on 9/11 in City of Dreams. Bound for Gold (2018), sweeps readers back to California in the legendary year of 1849 and "solidifies his claim as king of the historical thriller" (Providence Journal). And his latest, the "propulsive" December '41, captures the atmosphere in the United States int he weeks after Pearl Harbor.

He was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious New England Book Award, given to an author "whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region." In 2015, the USS Constitution Museum gave him the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, for "patriotic pride, artful scholarship, and an eclectic interest in the sea and things maritime." And in 2018, the Mystery Writers of America (New England Chapter) gave him the Robert B. Parker Award. He serves on the boards of many of Boston's historical and cultural organizations, lives near Boston with his wife, and has three grown children.


Rumor of Evil: A Novel By Gary Braver Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608095933
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - October 10th, 2023

Choose Me By Tess Gerritsen, Gary Braver Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542026147
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - July 1st, 2021

December '41: A World War II Thriller By William Martin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250839756
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Forge Books - May 23rd, 2023

Back Bay By William Martin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538744697
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 24th, 2018

Cape Cod By William Martin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538744673
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 29th, 2018

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